It was engineers and scientists that, for example, raced death to find a vaccine for polio. But where, one wonders, did men like Goethals and Salk find their moments of inspiration for their scientific goals?
Children often fill in the blank with a myriad of respectable positions -- doctor, lawyer, police officer, teacher, etc. -- but few proclaim their intent to be an art historian. I was that rare exception.
Part of what is driving Paterson to institute the whopping 40% cut to arts is the terminally dysfunctional state legislature, which is more than one month late approving a budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year.